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KLEM News AM Update June 13, 2011

Middle School Principal Steve Webner has been hired as Assistant Superintendent beginning next month.

Recommendations for the district's property and casualty insurance renewal will be presented by Rob Bixenman of Bixenman Insurance of Le Mars.

Information about the Instructional Support Levy (ISL) will be presented . The board is not being asked to take any action tonight.

Annual reports will be presented by school principals and a recommendation will be made on new Economics and Literature textbooks.

The public meeting begins at 7:30 tonight at the Education Service Center. 



II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Regular Meeting – May 23, 2011 (page 4-6) III. CONSENT GROUPING

  1. A. Claims and Accounts (see enclosed)
  2. B. Budget Report (see enclosed)

C. Superintendent’s Office Fund (see enclosed)

D. Lunch Fund (see enclosed)

E. Elementary Activity Account (see enclosed)

F. Middle School Activity Account (see enclosed)

G. High School Activity Account (see enclosed) (see enclosed) IV. REPORTS AND INFORMATION A. Reports

  1. 1. Unscheduled Audience

A 10-minute module of time is available for audience participation.

  1. 2. Textbook Adoption Report

Joel Jentz, high school Business teacher, and Nikki Addison & Judd Kopperud, high school Language Arts teachers, will present a report to the Board of Education and a recommendation for adoption on new Economics and Sophomore Literature textbooks for 2011-12. (report enclosed) (report enclosed)

  1. 3. Principals’ Annual Report

The elementary principals will present their annual report for the 2010-11 school year. (report enclosed)


B. Information

  1. 1. Property and Casualty Insurance Renewal

Rob Bixenman will present renewal information for the 2011-12 school year to the Board of Education for their consideration. (renewal information enclosed.)

  1. 2. IASB District Meeting

The annual district meeting hosted by the Iowa Association of School Boards will be held in Spencer on June 21, 2011 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Board members interested in attending should notify Dr. Wendt.

  1. 3. IASB Fiscal Management Conference

The annual Fiscal Management Conference hosted by the Iowa Association of School Boards will be held in Ames on July 20, 2011. Board members interested in attending should notify Dr. Wendt.

  1. 4. School Board Election Information

Dr. Wendt will share information related to the upcoming school board election. Director District 5 currently served by Mr. Smith, Director District 3 currently served by Mr. Hemmingson, and the two at large positions currently served by Mr. Murphy and Dr. Stelzer are up for election in September. (See enclosed information.)

  1. 5. Instructional Support Levy Information

Dr. Wendt will present information regarding the ISL to the Board of Education that was presented to the District Learning and Instructional Impact Team at their meeting on May 24, 2011 and input received from the DLIIT Team regarding the information presented. V. ACTION ITEMS A. Personnel

  1. 1. Resignations
  2. a. Brenda Brouwer has resigned her position as a teacher associate at the conclusion of the 2010-11 school year.
  3. b. Tina Reuter has resigned her position as middle school secretary at the conclusion of the 2010-11 school year.
  1. 2. Contracts
  2. a. Jodi Hettwer has agreed to coaching contracts for assistant girls’ track, $2,785.14 and 9th grade girls’ basketball, $2,785.14, for the 2011-12 season.
  3. b. Dr. Wendt will present his recommendation for the middle school principal

position to begin July 1, 2011.


B. Other Items 1. Textbook Adoption The Board of Education will consider the recommendation presented by Mr. Jentz, Mrs. Addison and Mr. Kopperud earlier in the meeting regarding the economics and literature textbooks adoption.

2. Property and Casualty Insurance Renewal The Board of Education will consider renewing property and casualty insurance through Employers’ Mutual Company for the 2011-12 school year as presented earlier in the meeting by Rob Bixenman with Bixenman Insurance.

3. July Meeting of Board of Education The administration is requesting the Board of Education waive board policy and conduct only one regular meeting during the month of July. The recommended meeting date is July 25, 2011.

4. Foundation Board Membership The Board of Education will consider recommending Doug Carlsen and Mary Reynolds to the Foundation Board of Directors for membership on the Board of Directors. The Foundation Board of Directors will act on the recommendation at the June 23, 2011 meeting of the Foundation Board.

VI. OTHER BUSINESS VII. UNFINISHED BUSINESS VIII. CLOSED SESSION The Board of Education will enter into a closed session as allowed by Iowa Code Chapter 21.5(1)j to discuss the purchase of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the governmental body would have to pay for that property.


Ice Cream Days marks 25th anniversary 

(LE MARS) I scream, you scream we all scream...come on, say it with me...FOR ICE CREAM! It's time for the 25th Annual Celebration of Ice Cream Days in Le Mars this week.

Ice Cream Days started in 1986 when Govenor Terry Branstad started a movement to bring people back to Iowa. It was called "Homecoming '86." Each community was to do something to promote the reunion. A committee in Le Mars created the event that was held at Foster Park, and because of it's success it was continued annually. Eight years later, when the state legislature made Le Mars the Ice Cream Capital of the World it was decided that the 1995 celebration would be called "Ice Cream Days." Throughout the history of the event it has moved from park to park, and back in 2005 it moved dates...from the 4th of July to the third weekend in June.

Ice Cream Days is now a four day event that kicks off this Wednesday. Part of the celebration is on going at the Plymouth County Historical Museum. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 1pm to 5pm, with early opening on Saturday after the parade. With many new exhibits on display, annual Ice Cream Days visitors are likely to find something they haven't seen, including the new "Friends, Flavors and Floods" exhibit, and the new fiber glass cow that can be milked!

Also at the Plymouth County Historical Museum is the Miller's Lunch exhibit. As a newcomer to Le Mars, I had to ask museum director Judy Bowman about this display. She said the the restaurant used to be located heading out of town to the north on business Highway 75.

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Bowman says that Miller's Lunch was famous for their burgers. During Ice Cream Days visit the recontructed version of this Le Mars classic on the third floor of the historical museum. There's no burgers, but you will find Root Beer Floats made with Blue Bunny Ice Cream.

Keep listening to KLEM all week long for more Ice Cream Days features. (Report by Angela Drake of KLEM News)

Houses, storage dominate rural building in May

(LE MARS)--Houses and garages lead the latest construction report for rural Plymouth County.

Zoning Administrator Alan Lucken issued 19 permits with an estimated value of one-million 66-thousand dollars in May.

Lucken's report lists eight permits for 564-thousand dollars for buildings on rural areas that were not farms. They included three house additions; two houses and three garages.

Farm construction included one house, three grain storage buildings; two machine storage buildings, and two shops. The farm construction was estimated at 502-thousand 500 dollars.

Lucken's office is now located in the Annex east of the Courthouse. Hours hours continue to be on Wednesday.

Businesses, home top city building report

(LE MARS)--Houses topped the value for new construction in Le Mars in May.

The new report from Code Enforcement Officer Jason Vacura  lists 24 permits for about 855-thousand dollars in construction.

The value of the two new houses was estimated at 400-thousand dollars. The homes are being built near the city's golf course and on 18th Street Southeast.

The next largest category was new commercial construction for Le Mars Agri-Center estimated at 220-thousand dollars. The 85-thousand dollar commercial addition was for First National Bank Drive up service is being added at the Central Avenue location.

Other permits in May included four accessory buildings and six signs.

The city collected 58-hundred dollars in fees for 24 permits.

Since January, construction is estimated at 17.5 million dollars for 69 permits.

Woman unharmed, husband dies

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) Authorities say a Muscatine man shot at his wife, then turned the gun on himself.

Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jose Varela told WQAD-TV that the man was found dead in his home on Saturday. His name has not been released.

Varela says the man fired his gun about 3:30 p.m. but his wife got out of the home unharmed. A second round of shots followed.

Officers surrounded the home and tried to make contact with the man by phone but were unsuccessful. Varela says a sheriff went inside and found the body.

Iowa introduces new map of flooding detours

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Department of Transportation has launched a new map to help travelers navigate flooded roads.

The Google-based map can be accessed through the department's website, , by clicking on the ``Flooding Ahead'' link.

Several roads in western Iowa, including a portion of Interstate 29 near Council Bluffs, have been closed because of Missouri River flooding.

The river is expected to crest above flood stage in Iowa and Nebraska this week, but the water will remain high into fall.

Smaller towns along may face biggest flood risk

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Smaller communities along the Missouri River may face the greatest flood risk this summer as the water rises.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says this summer's Missouri River flooding could rival the record years of 1952 and 1993 in places. Officials will increase releases to 150,000 cubic feet per second of water from five of the river's dams on Tuesday.

As a result, the river will rise 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in most of Nebraska and Iowa before continuing into Missouri where it may rise 10 feet above flood stage in several places.

The places in most danger of flooding include the small towns of Hamburg, Blencoe and Pacific Junction in Iowa as well as South Sioux City, Rulo and Plattsmouth in Nebraska.

Miss Muscatine crowned next Miss Iowa

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Miss Muscatine Jessica Pray has been crowned the next Miss Iowa.

Pray, an 18-year-old from Johnson, was selected Saturday to replace 2010 winner Pauli Mayfield. She won the evening gown, talent and swimsuit portions of the competition.

Pray is a student at the University of Iowa.

Iowa city turns to arbitrator in contract dispute

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) The city of Evansdale is turning to an arbitrator to settle a contract dispute with a workers union.

The city and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 228, haven't been able to reach a new contract. Wage increases and employee contributions toward health insurance have been sticking points. Negotiations began in September, and the current contract expires at the end of June.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports an arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday morning. An official with the Iowa Public Employment Relations Board will hear from both sides. A ruling will be issued later.

The union represented seven city workers, about half of Evansdale's employees, not counting police officers.

Iowa inmate fails for return from work release

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A state prison inmate has been reported as an escapee after he failed to return from work release.

The Iowa Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Johnie Hill Jr. didn't return to the Des Moines work-release facility on Friday. He was transferred there in January from another prison facility.

Hill is serving a 10-year sentence for two counts of robbery out of Polk County. His sentence began in April 2004.

Iowa home that collapsed in sinkhole torn down

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) A century-old home in Clinton that collapsed into a sinkhole has been torn down.

Michael Harmon, the city's building and neighborhood official, told the Clinton Herald that an emergency demolition was ordered for Larry Stuart's home. It suffered structure problems after collapsing into a sinkhole on May 29 and was considered unsafe.

Stuart wasn't home at the time of the collapse.

Trainer disputes horse's drug test after Iowa race

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A trainer at Prairie Meadows horse track is disputing a positive drug test for one of his horses.

Gene Jacquot told the Des Moines Register that the amount of banned substance found in See Me Now's system after a May 21 race at the Altoona track was too small to indicate intentional drug use. He says the horse likely picked up the trace level of the amphetamine Cathinone from a person or something else.

See Me Now finished third in the race. His drug test showed 3 nanograms of Cathinone. Any amount of the drug is banned in horse racing.

Prairie Meadow has suspended Jacquot pending a hearing on the drug test.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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